Moving Tips to Help You Get Started!
How To Properly Prepare Furniture For Moving:
When getting ready to have our All Star Movers come lend a helping hand, make sure everything is properly packed and ready to go! You can save lots of time by preparing early for the move. This involves getting the supplies to ensure your items are protected and ready to be moved. Keep in mind we would gladly come and do it for you on the day of the move, but, it will end up taking us more time to do so. Here are some do-it-yourself tips to save time when our All Star team shows up to move you.
Wood furniture is more susceptible to damage during a move than any other item. Whether it's an antique bookcase, a desk passed down from generation to generation or a brand new coffee table that you just bought at Pottery Barn, you want to make sure all of your wood furniture is properly wrapped and protected prior to moving day.
There are a lot of simple mistakes made when packing and moving wood furniture that can be avoided to easily prevent common damage. Below are some tips on how to wrap and protect your wood furniture for your move.
Wrapping and packing your furniture
• Use furniture pads, moving blankets, and foam padding whenever possible. When it comes to delicate wooden furniture, there is no such thing as "too much" protection. It's always better to be safe than sorry--when you're wrapping up your wood furniture, do it as thoroughly as possible and cover every square inch of exposed wood. Even wrap it multiple times if you have to.
• Do NOT wrap wooden furniture in bubble wrap or any other kind of plastic shrink-wrap. Wood is an organic material, which means it needs to breathe. Smothering it in layer after layer of bubble wrap or plastic shrink-wrap can be very damaging to the furniture's wood surface. If you want to use bubble wrap as an extra line of defense, place a layer of moving blankets or furniture pads beneath it so that the plastic does not come in direct contact with the wood.
• Secure any drawers and remove all knobs and other small pieces that can come loose. Some wood furniture, especially older antique pieces, are equipped with small parts that can easily come dislodged during a move, such as drawer handles, knobs, and casters. Before wrapping the furniture, remove all of these pieces and safely pack them away in a brown envelope or zip lock bag. If there are any drawers or cabinets on the piece, tie them shut with twine. Place some padding underneath it to prevent the coarse twine from directly coming into the contact with the wood. NEVER tape any drawers or doors shut on a piece of wood furniture.
• Remove all legs and place extra padding on any corners and handles. Since legs, corners and handles are all protruding furniture parts and most likely to come into contact with other objects, be safe by removing legs and handles (if possible) and placing extra padding and protection on all corners.
Moving and loading wood furniture:
Once the packing and wrapping process is done and you've provided enough cushioning for your fragile wood furniture, the next step is loading the pieces onto the moving truck. This is the part of the move where most of the damage is likely to occur, so it's important to be extra cautious and follow these tips:
• Make sure to have a few helping hands around to assist you. (That’s where we come in!) Never slide or drag wood furniture on the floor to move it, always make sure you lift the item completely off the ground and carry it to ensure that you do not damage the furniture or your floors.
• Tie down larger items in the truck to prevent them from toppling over. For your large, heavy items, tying them down to the truck bed with tie-downs will help keep them stable while in transit and prevent them from falling over.
• Never stack other items on top of wood furniture. As enticing as it may be to stack a few boxes on top of your wood dresser or coffee table, resist the urge. Stacking heavy items on top of your delicate wood furniture can place undue pressure on the furniture and damage it. (This is if your wooden furniture is not padded)
When it’s time to pack your furniture, don’t over think it. With simple household items like tube socks and laundry baskets, you can help avoid damage to your furniture.
• Mattress and Box Spring– Mattresses and box springs tend to get damaged if not packed appropriately. There are two ways to pack a mattress and a box spring.
1. The best way to protect your mattress and box spring is to purchase a mattress bag and shipping box. Once the mattress and box spring are put into the bag, seal with packing tape. You can then put both mattress and box spring into the box and seal with packing tape.
2. Option 1 is the safest way to assure your mattress and box spring do not get damaged. If you rather not purchase a box for your mattress and box spring, you can use a common house blanket or moving blankets to cover the top of the mattress and box spring. We ensure that, if no cover is provided, there will be blankets on the floor of the truck to ensure the mattress does not get dirty. A good way to prevent this, is to leave the sheets on
• Headboard/ Footboard – First, unscrew the headboard and footboard. Store the screws and bolts in a seal-able labeled bag to avoid misplacing. Wrap both head and footboards with a layer of moving blankets. After wrapping the headboard and footboard with moving blankets, secure blankets in place with plastic stretch wrap. Use packing tape on all ends to avoid items becoming unwrapped.
* Bonus Tip : Keep in mind that plastic constricts; using plastic wrap or bubble wrap directly on a wooden headboard/footboard could damage the wood.
• Dresser – There are two options for packing your dresser:
1. You can pack your dresser without removing the drawers. If you choose this option, empty out all of the drawers to help lighten the weight of the dresser. This option will assure that your drawers stay with the dresser and are not misplaced during shipment.
* Bonus Tip 1: Use boxes to pack all of your belongings from the drawers; this is the best way to assure your belongings are kept secure.
* Bonus Tip 2: Save on space by vacuum sealing your clothing prior to packing into baskets or boxes etc.
* Bonus Tip 3: If you keep your items in the drawers, secure the items in place by using Press’n seal wrap (can be purchased at your local grocery store).
2.The other option is to pack your dresser by removing the drawers. You can use the drawers to transfer your belongings to your next destination. Follow Bonus Tip 3 to secure your items in the drawers. After securing items, individually wrap drawers with moving blankets (or household blankets) to prevent damage to the drawers. Secure with plastic stretch wrap and packing tape.
Once option one or two is complete, wrap your dresser with moving blankets. Hold the moving blankets in place by wrapping the entire dresser in plastic cling wrap. To secure the plastic wrap, apply packing tape.
• Cedar Chest – The factors to take into consideration when packing your cedar chest include; product fragility, size, and value; pickup conditions; mode of transport; environmental factors such as climate; and final destination requirements. To assure the safety of your cedar chest, first remove any items from inside the chest. Wrap the entire chest in moving blankets. Secure with stretch wrap and packing tape. Crating your cedar chest is also an option for additional security during shipment.
* Bonus Tip : Cedar is resistant to fungus, bacteria, many insects and moths. Cedar is also more resistant to humidity (which is why it is used in Saunas). This may decrease the likelihood of damage due to humid weather conditions.
• Decorative Bench – Make it easier on yourself and your pocket; box your bench. For added protection, place clean tube socks on the legs of the bench. Wrap the entire bench with a moving blanket (securing in place with stretch wrap and packing tape). Place bench inside the box and seal with packing tape. Keep in mind not to allow stretch wrap or packing tape to have direct contact with a wooden bench; it could damage the surface.
Living Room Furniture:
• Bookcase – Always remove books from shelves prior to preparing a bookcase for shipment. If your bookshelves are not secure, remove them. Wrap each shelves individually in a towel. Stack the shelves on top of each other then wrap them with a moving blanket. Use stretch wrap to hold shelves together. Secure plastic wrap with packing tape. Wrap your bookcase in moving blankets and secure blankets with plastic stretch wrap. Use packing tape to secure the stretch wrap.
• Rug – Use a 3 inch PVC piping to keep the rug from bending in the middle. Once PVC piping is in place, roll the rug around the piping, but against the direction of the pile (density of fibers—flat (short pile) or shaggy (long)). This results in a tighter roll, allowing for a smaller final size. Once rug is rolled, use stretch wrap to secure the entire rug from unrolling. You can then place the rug in a plastic bag and telescope box around it. Use packing tape to secure box closed. Now, it’s ready to ship!
• Sofa – Prior to packing your sofa, it is best to dissemble any removable parts and place them in sealable plastic bags that are labeled. Protect your seat cushions and throw pillows from dirt by placing them in large outdoor trash bags. Attach the removable parts bag to the cushions with packing tape so they stay with the sofa.
Place bagged seat cushions on the sofa. Place throw pillows atop the seat cushions. Wrap your sofa completely with moving blankets and the legs with bubble wrap (if the legs do not need to be removed). Secure blankets and pillows by wrapping the sofa fully with stretch wrap. Use packing tape to hold down plastic wrap.
• Hutch – Regardless of the type of hutch you have, all contents should be removed to lighten the weight of the piece. Remove shelves that are not fixed into position. This will help avoid breaking or scratching. Wrap shelves identically to bookshelves mentioned above. Wrap the hutch in moving blankets and secure with plastic stretch wrap. Secure plastic wrap with packing tape from top to bottom.
Dining Room Furniture
• China Cabinet – Remove all fine china from your cabinet. You can also wrap your china plates with bubble wrap (1/16 inch bubble thickness with 1/8 diameter) prior to placing them vertically into a box. Similar to your hutch, the china cabinet should be wrapped with moving blankets from top to bottom, stretch wrapped and secured by packing tape assuring doors do not open during shipping.
• Grandfather Clock – Taking extra precaution to securely pack your grandfather clock for shipping is a good idea.
How do you securely pack the inner workings of your grandfather clock?
1. You must first remove the access panel.
2. If the clock has a cable holding the weights, insert 3 – 2″ square Styrofoam blocks above each pulley between the cables.
3. If your clock has chains, use simple twist ties to string the chains together, wrapping them with newspaper and then using rubber bands to secure them in place so they do not move around and damage the finish.
4. The pendulum can be removed by holding it from the middle and slightly moving it up unhooking it from the pendulum leader.
• Dining Room Set – It is best to remove the table legs from your dining room set first. Put clean tube socks over the legs or wrap them in towels(to protect the wood). Wrap them with bubble wrap (3/16 inch bubble thickness with 3/8 diameter is perfect for cushioning). Secure with packing tape. Follow these same steps for the legs of the dining chairs.
Use furniture blankets to protect the remaining areas of each chair. Secure with stretch wrap and moving tape. Wooden tabletops and leaves can easily be wrapped with moving blankets and secured with stretch wrap and packing tape. If you have a glass tabletop, first, try to remove it to secure it with blankets. If you cannot remove it, wrap with moving blankets, cushion with moving pads, wrap in bubble wrap and secure with moving tape.
• Buffet & Armoire –Wrap your buffet & armoire in moving blankets. Secure with stretch wrap from top to bottom. Secure stretch wrap with packing tape. You can also use cardboard for additional protection around both pieces.
Electronics are almost as important, if not, even more, than your wooden furniture and sofas. It is crucial that the correct precautions are taken when moving your electronic devices to ensure that they still work, and everything that powers it is transported safely. We recommend that most valuable electronic goods be transported with you, safely in your car. If it is too big, we will gladly make sure it is tied down securely in the truck.
·Television – Make sure all cords that can be removed from the TV are removed. If the TV power cord does not detach, roll it up softy, wrap it with tape, and tape it to the BACKSIDE of the TV. This ensures the cord does not fall out and is damaged. Wrap the TV with a moving pad. Then wrap it securely with bubble wrap. Take the plastic wrap and tightly wrap the television with the blankets and bubble wrap on it. For extra safety, place television into a specific television box, then tape the box up for transit. (Putting the TV in its original box, with the foam padding is another option.)
·Computer Monitor – Like the television, make sure all cords are removed from the monitor. Follow the same procedures as the television. Blanket, bubble wrap, plastic wrap. Securely placing it in the original box, with the foam padding is also an option if you manage to still have the original box.
·Speakers – There are multiple variations of speakers out there. Depending on what kind they are; plastic computer speakers, or large wooden surround sound television speakers, the same packing procedures should apply. Wrap the in blankets to prevent scratches, then tightly wrap the blanketed speaker with plastic wrap. Smaller plastic speakers can be packed in boxes, with the blanketed, wrapped subwoofer. Larger wooden ones will be transported accordingly.
·Video Game Consoles and Hard drives – The best way to get your Xbox One or PS4 to your new location is to simply put it back in its original box. Keep items like this in your car, where the temperature does not vary as much as it would in the back of a box truck. High heat or extremely cold weather can severely damage parts of electronics such as these, therefore it is highly recommended you keep them in your car. If there is no space, make sure the consoles or hard drives are wrapped in blankets properly. Plastic wrap them to ensure the blankets are in place. For best protection box these items with peanuts, pillows, or blankets.
Mirrors and Glass
Mirrors large and small should always be wrapped in pads to ensure the safety of the glass. Once wrapped and padded, plastic wrap the blankets the use tape to secure it. Do the same for glass, with as many layers of blankets and pads as necessary.